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Thomas Welborn
"Artist - Photographer - Writer - Musician"
"Artist - Photographer - Writer - Musician"
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Oklahoma USA - 'Two Passions'

Another image from the 'unprocessed' files.

May 2016. Northeastern Oklahoma is full of streams like this one located in the Middle Arkansas watershed. Limestone and sandstone dominate the mostly Pennsylvanian Era geology. The streams begin as small creeks and springs that move downhill with some eventually forming small streams.

The waters will often contain both brown and rainbow trout that enter these waters via dam overflow from nearby lakes. Some of the finest fly fishing for trout to be found in Oklahoma are located in these small streams.

On this morning I decided to take my fly rod and a box of flies along for no other reason than to get in some practice reading the ripples and pools. There was a great deal of fog down in the valley where this stream is located - ideal conditions to create some moody, atmospheric images. When I made this particular image, the sun was already up but still hidden behind the ridge to the right. The solar glow back-lit the fog, creating a wonderful mood without dominating the scene. Once the sun crested the ridge, the photography was done and I got down to some serious casting. I saw only a few small rainbows as I walked and plied my line along the rocky shoreline. I didn't catch any fish but there will always be another time.

#stream #fog #limestone #sandstone #water #landscape #spring #trout #foliage #oklahoma #holoceneimage #thomaswelborn #flyfishing #photomaniausa #showyourbestwork #travelok


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Oklahoma USA - 'Evidence Of Spring'

Sometimes I get surprised by Nature and her ability to reach out and get my attention. This growth of Virginia Creeper was shooting up next to an old fallen tree where I found the contrast between the two compelling. A bit of brush work in LR brought out detail and vibrancy in the leaves making the image pop.

#spring #virginiacreeper #decay #intimate #Oklahoma #thomaswelborn
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Oklahoma USA - 'Weather's On The Move ... Again'

An early Fall morning in the Wichita Mountains 2016. Nice cloud textures were the reason I paused in my hike and photographed this scene. Despite the overcast sky, the temperature was already pushing 80 F, but rains would come within the hour, cooling the landscape and ending the morning shoot.

#lake #landscape #overcast #mountains #Oklahoma #holoceneimage
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Southern Oklahoma USA_ - 'The Essence Of Life'_

June 2014. I am with +Tom Crews at Price Falls in the Arbuckle Mountains down in southern Oklahoma. It is mid-morning. The light is diffused and even from a mostly cloudy sky. It rained heavily yesterday and on through the night, so the streams and creeks are running full. An ideal morning to photograph the falls. Neither of us are disappointed.

Of all the various images made from different perspectives on this morning this one is still my favorite. The branches and leaves of the young sapling blocking a portion of the falls from view lends the scene an illusion of something not quite seen, urging you on to see what lies beyond. For that reason alone, I like this image.

Thanks to my great friend and superb photographer +Tom Crews for his always enjoyable companionship. See you soon Tom!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

#waterfall #flora #limestone #travertine #oklahoma #arbucklemountains #holoceneimage #travelok +TravelOK #photomaniausa +Photo Mania USA #showyourbestwork +ShowYourBestWork 
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Oklahoma USA - 'You Can Smell It'

It is mid-March 2015. The air is crisp. There is an indescribable smell on the wind as I gaze out upon the scene before me. Hard country that is mostly devoid of vegetation except in a few places where grasses have gotten a foothold. Afternoon light on the Gloss Mountains in northwestern Oklahoma. Driving up and down the thirty mile stretch of Highway 421, and quite a few really bad dirt roads for most of the day, scouting possible compositions, and a good deal of wandering around on foot brought me to this spot. More fiddling around to get the right framing while I was waiting for the overcast light to do something interesting. But sometimes, you work with what you are given; that was to be the case this time. In the end, the light became a contradiction - a subdued warmth that seemed to pervade the afternoon heading into the evening.

Most of this land is parceled out to landholders with ranchers and oil leases being the predominant players. So trespassing becomes an issue while trying to get 'the shot'. Fortunately, I have never been run off of a property. Once they find out what you are doing, most are good with it as long as you follow some common sense rules. Leave gates as you found them (open or closed) and don't damage any crops, machinery, structures, fences etc.

The image was processed in both Lightroom CC and LR Mobile. After sitting on the image for a few days, I sent the image to the mobile app in my iphone 6 and carried it around for awhile. I finally used the crop tool and the color mix tool in the app to tweak it a bit before uploading.

Wish you all a great day or evening wherever you are!

#glossmountains #oklahoma #winter #lightroom #thomaswelborn #travelok +TravelOK #showyourbestwork +ShowYourBestWork #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #photomaniausa +Photo Mania USA 
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Central Oklahoma USA - 'Cold Morning'

We recently had a cold spell for a few days. Combined with stout north winds the southwestern shore of the lake became encrusted with layer after layer of alternate melting and refreezing water along with new layers constantly being added from the splashing waves.

On one of those mornings, I went out with the iPhone 6 to capture some of this. Working along a rocky shoreline, I managed to keep my feet for the most part. As the rocks waited in blue shadow, a pastel sky developed and was reflected upon the open water and some areas of the surface ice. There were so many possible compositions but I settled on the horizontal because of the complementary diagonals of the sky and shoreline.

I left the image as shot with no post-processing. I liked the existing contrast between the colors in the sky and the cool colors of the foreground.

#lake #ice #sunrise #winter #oklahoma #holoceneimage #photomaniausa #showyourbestwork #landscapephotography
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Southwestern Oklahoma - 'Kissed By Light'

As the sun sets on Little Baldy in the Wichita's, a last glow of light kisses the small peak.

You can see more of my work at www.holoceneimage.zenfolio.com

#sunset #mountains #granite #oklahoma #landscapephotography #photomaniausa #holoceneimage
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Western Oklahoma_ - 'Winter Wonderland'_

It is quite cold out on this afternoon and as can be seen in this image the beaver pond is completely frozen over. I nearly slid over the edge trying to make this image even though I was being very careful. A reminder to self to be more cautious and that Winter is not yet finished with us.

I have photographed this scene in all seasons but this one is still my personal favorite. Even in Winter Red Rock Canyon is still one of most beautiful of Oklahoma's state parks. Hope you enjoy!

You can see more of my work at www.holoceneimage.zenfolio.com

#canyon #pond #ice #snow #winter #oklahoma #landscapephotography #holoceneimage #photomaniausa
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